Ryan Kerrigan, who was drafted by the Redskins as the 16th overall pick during the 2011 NFL draft, is a three-time professional bowler and was appointed to the PFWA’s 2011 All-Rookie Team. He completed his college career at Purdue University, where he was named first-team all-big ten, unanimous all-American, and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. He also won the Bill Willis Trophy for his unprecedented performance.
Ryan Kerrigan Bio
Born as Patrick Ryan Kerrigan on August 16, 1988, in Muncie, Indiana in the United States; he was born the son of American parents – Anita Kerrigan and Brendan Kerrigan. Ryan has American citizenship and belongs to a white ethnic background. He grew up with his brother Kyle Kerrigan and sister Kaitlin Kerrigan. His father played soccer at Ball State University, while his brother was part of the swimming team at DePauw University. Ryan started playing soccer at a very young age and when he was in high school he played the defensive end position for his school team.
He attended Muncie Central High School in Muncie, Indiana. After graduating, Ryan enrolled at Purdue University, where he played for the Purdue Boilermakers soccer team for four seasons until 2010. In his freshman year, he made 18 tackles and one sack in 12 games. The following year he had seven sacks, one interception, and 56 tackles. In his junior year, he played 12 games with 12 sacks and 66 tackles. In the same year, he was named to the first team of the All-Big 10 and was honored for his tenacity and resilience with the Pit Bull Award.
In 2010 he won the “Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year” and “Big Ten Lineman of the Year” awards. He also received the Bill Willis Trophy and was unanimously named All-American First Division. At the end of his college career, Kerrigan was added to the list of prospects for the 2011 NFL draft.
NFL Career and Stats
During the 2011 NFL Draft, Kerrigan was selected by the Washington Redskins as the 16th overall in the first round of the draft. As a member of the team, he signed a four-year contract for $8.72 million, and the contract also includes a signing bonus of $4.84 million. Ryan became an outside linebacker and made his professional debut by defeating the New York Giants at the beginning of the season. He made five combined tackles, scored a touchdown, and a pass deflection in the game. He played 16 games for the Redskins in 2011 and by the end of the season, he had scored a total of 65 combined tackles, one touchdown, one interception, and four fumbles.
The following year Kerrigan became a starter alongside Mike Shanahan. In his second regular season for the Redskins he played 16 games and led his team into the playoffs. He ended the season with a total of one touchdown, eight passing shots, and 54 combined tackles. Ryan was nominated for the 2013 Pro Bowl to replace Francisco 49ers star Aldon Smith, who later appeared in the Super Bowl XLVII. In the 2013 season, he scored 3 touchdowns, 66 combined tackles, and three pass shots.
In the 2014 season, Ryan Kerrigan underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn ligament in his knee. He also received a one-year contract extension from the Redskins for $7.03 million. This year he had a career highlight of 13.5 bags, five fumbles, and 64 combined tackles, making him the sixth bag leader of all time in the franchise with a total of 38 bags. He also ranked 78th in the 2015 NFL Top 100 Player of the Year list and in 2015 Kerrigan signed another five-year $57.50 million contract with the Redskins. He ended the season with a total of two forced fumbles, 42 combined tackles, three passing shots, and 9.5 bags.
In 2016 Kerrigan had an impressive season, reaching his 50th bag in week 5. He also played all 16 games for his team and collected two-pass shots, 10.5 sacks, and 33 combined tackles. He was also named to the 2017 Pro Bowl for his first-class performance. The Pro Football Focus awarded him a score of 82.2. In the 2017 season, Kerrigan kept the starting jersey for the Redskins. He competed for his team in 16 games, had one touchdown, 13 sacks, and 46 combined tackles. He received his third Pro Bowl nomination and was rated 84.2 by Pro Football Focus. His consistency and unique playing style have earned him a place in the Washington Redskins line-up.
Ryan Kerrigan’s Wife, Girlfriend
Besides his flourishing football career, Kerrigan is also successful in his love life. He married his long-time lover named Jessica Mazura. Jessica Mazura was born and raised in California. She has a degree in Sociology and Education from the University of California. She has worked in the operations department of the well-known sports brand Nike and as head coach of the Slammer Football Club, a female youth football team. Her love of animals led her to take up a position as a veterinary nurse at Banfield Pet Hospital in Reston, Virginia. She has two English bulldogs named Franklin and George.
The couple entered into the marriage in March 2018 in an elaborate wedding in Huntington Beach, California. Ryan’s teammates, friends, and family members attended the wedding. Jessica has been a big part of Ryan’s life, and she is one of his biggest fans. Although they do not have children yet, they may have plans to have children in the future.
Height, Weight, and Body Measurements
The American football linebacker Kerrigan has an attractive personality and great physique. He is a persistent passing player with great speed. Ryan has done a great job in the gym and his high productivity for his team is clear proof that he is on his way to becoming a superstar.
In addition, he is tall with a height of 1.82 meters and has a great lower body with a bodyweight of 267 pounds. His hand size is 9.5 inches while his arm length is 333/8 inches.